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ITU's Engagement: Climate Neutral ITU

As a responsible member of the global community, ITU will join the UN commitment to lead by example by achieving climate-neutral status within three years. ITU will continue to promote the use of ICTs to strengthen and develop scientific and industrial tools in all areas, to the fullest extent possible, to combat climate change.

In its own activities, ITU is pioneering the use of ICTs to reduce emissions through paperless meetings, and virtual conferencing and will share its expertise with other institutions in optimizing the use of ICTs as a vital component of energy-efficient work methods. ITU will also embark on raising public awareness to illustrate the impacts of climate change and the relevance of its work in the field of ICTs to address this issue.

  • ITU has been actively participating in the work of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) and its subsidiary bodies on developing a unified and collaborative UN strategy to combat climate change, including a matrix on activites of each agency and program. This work has included providing comments and taking part in negotiations on CEB documents, including the UN Sec-Gen’s paper to the Bali climate change conference, providing an ITU input document to that conference and press release, and representing ITU in the UN Environmental Group.
  • ITU is monitoring ongoing negotiations under the Bali roadmap and coordinating its participation in upcoming international events on climate change, e.g. the Poznan Conference in 2008 and the WMO Conference in 2009.
  • The Strategic Planning and Membership Department (SPM) in the General Secretariat  is coordinating efforts to make the ITU climate neutral, pursuant to a policy established at the CEB, including a carbon audit. The Building Division has taken a number of practical steps to improve energy efficiency and to reduce heat-loss, including in the design of the Montbrillant Building.
  • Efforts are underway to move increasingly to paperless meetings and the IS Department has been providing tools to facilitate remote participation in ITU meetings (see below).

Remote collaboration tools

For those participating in, or organizing ITU meetings, there are a number of tools that can be used to substitute for face-to-face meetings, or to facilitate remote participation in meetings (e.g., for developing countries). These tools include:

  • TIES (Telecom Information Exchange Services) (see:, which includes electronic access to restricted documents, email account, electronic forum etc;
  • Other electronic working methods, including informal FTP area and correspondence groups (see:
  • Internet Broadcast System (IBS). Many ITU meetings are now broadcast over the web, either with or without restrictions on access, and many have sound and or video archives available for consultation. For instance, the archives for the September 2007 workshop on multimedia in NGN are available online at:
  • E-learning. ITU conducts many different courses each year through e-learning, organized both by the HQ in Geneva and the regional offices (see:
  • Remote participation tools. ITU is currently evaluating two popular remote participation or groupware packages, and these are available to meeting organizers (e.g., for organizing meetings of rapporteurs, offering webinars etc). These include GoToMeeting (see: and WebEx (see:, For more information see the TSAG liaison statement on remote participation tools (TSAG-LS-32).

Information dissemination tools
ITU offers a number of information dissemination tools to its members, including websites, bulletin boards, email reflectors, forum discussions, newslogs, interactive calendars etc. One recent innovation is the use of a wiki created by the ITU-T Focus Group on Identity Management (see: ) and subsequently used for other purposes.

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Updated : 2011-04-15